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Dist of Columbia

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My work is about memory. Memory, as distinct from memories. I?m not interested so much in the specific memories of things that happened or people we?ve known- the top-level memories that make up the narrative of our lives. Rather, I am interested in memory itself, in the constant and largely unconscious process of recording, storing, mapping, recalling, and referencing that goes on in our brains as the details of our sensory experience become embodied as the foundation of our relation to the world and the things and people in it.

As a way of echoing this process, my work relies heavily on repetition in its making. The language of marks I use is developed through quick, simple drawings in which forms are repeated over and over until new ones spontaneously develop. Through projection, tracing, and transferring, these drawings become the basis of the larger work. The aim is to create a pictorial space that is as much a substantive thing in itself as it is a recollection of its own making, and in so doing, call attention to the engagement with the world that goes on at the peripheries of our conscious selves.

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William Whitaker
24" x 36", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
24" x 36", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
24" x 36", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
52" x 72", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
24" x 36", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
24" x 36", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
60" x 48", oil and distemper on canvas
William Whitaker
72" x 52", oil and distemper on canvas